Visual Criminology and the Southern Crime Scene

  • Rebecca Scott Bray


Criminologists are increasingly wrestling with the work of crime’s images in understanding and representing crime, but more needs to be made of geopolitical distinctions, colonial contexts and violence so significant to many histories and communities of the global South. The danger is that visual criminology supplants its potential global literacies with closed readings that echo criminology’s general privileging of the metropole. To address that danger, this chapter considers two Southern artists who work in aftermath of crime, and who stress the important context of violence, including the location, genre and geopolitics of death. The chapter interrogates the growing visual literacy in criminology to ask: how does visual criminology account for crime’s contexts, and how might it better assess crime’s representational economy across the nation-states of the world?


Death Murder Crime Visual criminology Art 


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  • Rebecca Scott Bray
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  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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